Harvest Moon

A Harvest Moon, in the Northern Hemisphere, occurs when the full moon happens closest to the autumn equinox.  In 2020, the Northern Hemisphere autumn equinox came on September 22.  The first of two October 2020 full moons will fall on October 1st  or 2nd.   The second of October’s Full Moon, the Blue Moon, will happen at the end of the month on the 31st of October at 10:49 AM ET.  A Full Moon on Halloween, how scary is that!  A Full Moon occurs on Halloween every 19 years, the next one will be on in 2039, 2058, 2077 and 2096..  I don’t know how many “ET” fans are out there, but there was Full Moon in the movie ET, which came out in 1982 and the actually Full Moon in 1982 was on November 1st. Spielberg was close, but a day early.

Sunset at Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, USA

Moonrise at Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, USA

Like always, it was clear skies at my house and clear skies at Atlantic Beach according to the weather app, but in the direction of the moonrise (96 degrees – East), it was cloudy.


Harvest Moon setting on the Atlantic Beach Fishing Pier

When you look at the sunrise picture from Fort Macon, on Bogue Banks near Atlantic Beach, you can see it was still cloudy in the eastern sky.

If was perfect morning for viewing the Full Moon setting in the western sky (266 degrees at 06:38).

If was perfect morning for viewing the Full Moon. The temperature was right and winds were out of the northwest, which made the ocean calm.


When came home on Wednesday evening (September 30), I could see the Moon rise from my driveway.  The Moon was in a Waxing Gibbous phase at 98% full.  I took multiple exposure of the moon setting; 4 pictures with an interval of 1 minute apart.  When I was observing the Full Moon setting, I took a similar shoot.



Sunrise at Fort Macon


Equipment Used:

Nikon D7500

 Nikon DX AF-S NIkkor 55-300mm


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